Ira Howard Rheingold
unknown - April 3, 2014
Ira Howard Rheingold, of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Albany and Glenmont, New York, passed away on April 3, 2014 at the age of 77 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born on February 12, 1937, in Albany, New York, the only child of Jack and Jeannette Rheingold. Ira is survived by his wife of 51 years Judith (Geller), his children Heidi (Gregg) Rheingold-Bonn and Chad (Sonya) Rheingold, and his beloved grandchildren, Elias, Maia, and Isaac Rheingold, and Madeline, Jack, and Maxwell Bonn. Ira graduated from the Milne School and attended the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass.
Ira began his career working with his father at Rheingold’s Pharmacy in Albany, and opened two additional pharmacies in the Albany area. He later worked with the State of New York serving as chief of service at O.D.Heck, a developmental facility. He served on the board of Homemakers/Upjohn and served as an advisor to the medical director at the Belchertown State School in Belchertown, Massachusetts and to the Commissioner of Mental Hygiene for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on pharmacy practices for the mentally disabled. Ira also taught psychopharmacology to graduate students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Furthermore, he was a founding member of B’nai Sholom Synagogue in Albany and a member of the American and Canadian Public Health Associations.
Ira eventually stopped working as a pharmacist and started a sales organization, which he operated until he and his family moved to Arizona in 1992. At that time, Ira returned to pharmacy and worked until his retirement in 2003.
Ira was an avid and excellent photographer. He enjoyed painting as well. He valued the arts, and he instilled a love and appreciation for arts and culture in his children. He also enjoyed gardening.
Ira was a doting husband, father, and grandpa, who loved his family beyond measure. He was also a true gentleman with a kind heart.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services, 106 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12208 or to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, 500 W Thomas Rd, Suite 720, Phoenix, AZ 85003.